Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has been the heart of the team over the last few seasons. He is a player who wears his heart on his sleeve and leaves the sweat of his hustle on the field. Pedroia has also been playing through pain that has had an affect on his production and could shut him down for the remainder of the season.
After an MRI performed Tuesday revealed further inflammation in his left hand/wrist area, Red Sox manager John Farrell didn’t rule out the possibility of Pedroia taking the rest of the season off. Farrell discussed the injury before Tuesday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles.
“He’s got some soreness in the left hand, and he’s been getting treatment on it for some time now. As it has worsened some, we felt like he needs to give this a little bit of a break,” said Farrell. “I can’t say whether it’s directly related to the repair that he went through last year, but an MRI did reveal that it’s got further inflammation in the left hand, left wrist area.”
Pedroia underwent surgery shortly after the Red Sox won the World Series last year to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. He played through the entire season with the injury and early in the season this year he injured his wrist while attempted to turn a double play during the Red Sox’s home opener. Again, Pedroia played through the injury, but has echoed Farrell sentiments that it may be time to give it a rest.
Pedroia told reporters after the team’s 4-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, “It’s been pretty inflamed, so we try to manage it the best we can. It just gets to a point where obviously it hurts. It’s tough going out there and trying to do what you’re accustomed to doing and you can’t.”
With the team obviously struggling this year, it would be the best time for Pedroia to put away the glove and rest wrist. A decision could be made as soon as Wednesday, as the organizing is in the process of discussing his options with just 17 games remaining. Pedroia could decide to undergo surgery as soon as possible, which could be the best choice for a team that is aiming its attention towards the 2015 season.
“If there was a surgery, it wouldn’t be major,” Pedroia said. “It’s one of those things that it’s kind of I think a release or something to get the inflammation out of there. If that were the case, I’d have a normal offseason and be able to lift weights, which is something I didn’t get a chance to do very much last season.”
Shutting Pedroia down for the rest of the season will be good for health, but would also give the team a chance to take more of a look at some of the younger players who have been called up. The Red Sox could play Mookie Betts at second base in the absence of Pedroia, which would free up more playing time for young outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and Cuban import Rusney Castillo once he is called up to the big team.